The Reading Agency has launched a Reading Well for Children booklist in response to data concerning children’s mental health in the UK. Launched on the first day of Children’s Mental Health Week 2020, it has been recognised by the Royal Society for Public Health and developed in partnership with Libraries Connected
In 2018, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health reported that schools were on average making 183 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) referrals every school day, with 56% of those referrals coming from primary schools.
The 33 books on the list, which covers areas such as anxiety, bereavement and bullying, include titles by well known authors like Michael Rosen, Tom Percival, Zanib Mian and Joseph Coelho. The books have been selected to help Key Stage 2 children (aged 7-11) understand and talk about their mental health and well-being, encourage conversation about feelings between children and their parents or carers, and offer support outside of a clinical setting or whilst waiting for treatment.
To learn more check out The Reading Agency